The historical juncture of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the women’s suffrage amendment, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the turbulent presidential election calls for a thoughtful exploration of the suffrage campaign and its relationship to other social justice movements in U.S. history. Recent scholarship highlights the ways that race and class influenced the fight for, and the effects of, enfranchisement. This panel moderated by Stanford history professor Estelle B. Freedman will explore the contours and the complexity of the woman suffrage campaign. Nancy Tate will survey the long arc of U.S. suffrage activism, including in California and at Stanford. Kemi A. Oyewole will discuss the role of Black women's clubs in the movement, and Joan Marie Johnson will locate Jane Stanford within a circle of wealthy white women donors to the suffrage movement.
Estelle B. Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University and co-founder of the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Nancy Tate has served as the co-chair of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative since 2015. From 2000 to 2015, she served as the executive director of the League of Women Voters of the United States, the only successor to the women’s suffrage movement.
Kemi A. Oyewole is a PhD student in education and organization studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She is also affiliated with the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis. Joan Marie Johnson taught women’s history at Northeastern Illinois University for 12 years and was the co-founder and co-director of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
This program is co-sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society, the American Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
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